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Marble Canyon Road

Intermediate
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An old roadbed through the desertscape that winds through a staggering canyon.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Point to Point

1,910' 582 m

High

1,181' 360 m

Low

729' 222 m

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0' 0 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Description

This trail begins at an intersection with the Cottonwood Canyon Road and takes the more northern route. This old roadbed makes its way through an exposed wash, and there is little shade to be had. The trail climbs up into Marble Canyon, where eventually it narrows to a footpath.

Accessing this trail is tricky, and it's recommended that you only attempt to reach the furthest trailhead with a high-clearance vehicle. You can park along Cottonwood Canyon Road before reaching the official trailhead, but you'll have to work your way to this point on foot!

Use caution in narrow sections as flash flooding can occur.

Need to Know
Drink plenty of water: Drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from sweat, more if you are active. Fluid and electrolyte levels must be balanced, so have salty foods or "sports drinks" too.
Avoid hiking in the heat: Do not hike in the low elevations when temperatures are hot. The mountains are cooler in summer, but can have snow and ice in winter.
Travel prepared to survive: Stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Carry extra drinking water in your car in case of emergency.
Watch for signs of trouble: If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or sports drinks. Dampen clothing to lower body temperature. Be alert for symptoms in others.

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Mikhaila Redovian

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Finishing off a Cottonwood Canyon/Marble Canyon loop!
Mar 31, 2016 near Lone Pine, CA

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Nov 8, 2021
Bruce Hope
Drove road to end, then hiked into Wilderness.
May 19, 2019
Guy Dar
Drove up the road to the end and hike 3 miles into the canyon and back. Awesome. Don't get in if there;s a slight chance of rain up on the ridge.
Mar 13, 2017
Nat Wolfe